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Movie Tuesday: Whoops!

We scheduled Ballet Shoes, starring Emma Watson, to be our Movie Tuesday for this week. The fun part? It's not showing around here (since we don't get advanced screeners like "real" critics, we have to see the movies in the theaters like everyone else.) So...our bad. However, next week is a twofer: Jared Peterson reviews the animated Igor while Kristen Page-Kirby takes on the period bodice-ripper The Duchess, starring everyone's favorite pirate wench, Kiera Knightly. Sorry for the mix-up, and we'll make it up for you next week by being twice as nice.

Movie Monday: Nim's Island (PG)

Want a good family film to spend quality time with your loved ones? Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin's newly released movie, Nim's Island, is packed full of adventure that’s sure to be loved by the whole family. With actors such as Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler, an adventure begins for a young girl named Nim and her father, who live on a remote and undiscovered island. The beginning scene depicts Nim's childhood past and the legacy of her mother's death which leaves Nim's father a single parent. As Nim and her father search for an island that her mother found right before her death, Nim's father attempts to raise his 11-year old daughter. Once Nim and her father discover the long-lost island, they begin to make it their home, even taking in pets such as a seal, lizard and pelican. Nim's Island portrays an alternate life, as she lives on an island, is home schooled, and has some very unusual pets. As one of Nim's hobbies, reading novels of Alex Rover, played by Jodie Foster, allows Nim to escape into the novel. Approximately 10 minutes into the film, Nim begins to read her newest novel,which was dropped off by the supply ship. As she begins to read she becomes sucked into the novel, reading about a man named Alex Rover who is taken prisoner and has to fight for his life, as men try to kill him using swords. Regardless of this slightly violent scene, the film focuses upon morals of courage and good character, taught to Nim by her father.

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